Miriam Lyon

Obituary of Miriam C. Lyon

 Joined her Lord and Savior February 15, 2021, age 89.  Predeceased by husband Edward Lyon, parents George and Elizabeth Carter, and sisters Lois Brown and Marguerite Edwards. Survived by children Bruce, Richard, Cynthia (Daniel) Hickey, Janice (Gary) Linn, and James, grandchildren Emily Thompson, Rachel (Jason) Shanley, and Kennedy Lyon, and great-grandchildren Carter, Calissa, Gracyn, and Turner.

Miriam was born in East Quogue on Long Island, and grew up on Carter Lane, sailing boats her father built on Weesuck Creek and Shinnecock Bay. She graduated from the New York State College for Teachers in Albany (now University of Albany) in 1952. It was there she met Ed Lyon, then a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; they were married May 23, 1953.

Miriam and Ed lived on Eastgate Drive in Irondequoit, and then on Thorntree Circle in Penfield. After Ed’s death, Miriam lived on Ashbrook Circle in Webster, and then at Glenmere Assisted Living in Pittsford. For the past year she was a resident at the Friendly Home in Brighton.


Miriam’s family was the object of her deepest love and source of her greatest joy. She was intensely proud of and celebrated everything her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren achieved.


Miriam dedicated much of her life to serving others through volunteer work with community groups and her church home, Penfield Wesleyan Church, where she served for many years as church secretary. She touched countless lives with her easily given and genuine love.


Miriam and Ed traveled all over the US and Canada with their children and also visited England and Scotland. Miriam was an excellent cook and contributed to many church dinners. She enjoyed reading, music, and jigsaw puzzles. Miriam loved animals and had pet dogs and cats for most of her life. More than anything, Miriam loved the people she met throughout her life.  She will be dearly missed by many.


A celebration of Miriam’s life will be scheduled for a later date when family and friends may safely gather.


Donations in Miriam’s honor may be made to URMC Movement Disorders Division Parkinson’s Disease Fund.  Donations should be mailed to Movement Disorders Division, Administrative Office, 256 Crittenden Blvd, Box MIND, Rochester, NY 14642 and may be marked to the attention of Kathryn Castro.

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